NAACP members strive to show fun side of organization

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    TeJay Johnson, TCU’s president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he wanted to create awareness through last week’s NAACP week.

    The university’s chapter was reinstated last semester after years of non-compliance with national standards. Almost seven years passed since the university had an active chapter on campus, Johnson said. However, he said he planned to make sure the organization remained active for years to come.

    “[We’re] just really excited to be back on campus, in compliance with the national office, promoting our name and putting our name out there and promoting issues [was] the purpose of [last] week,” Johnson said.

    NAACP week began last Sunday, which coincided with the 103rd anniversary of the organization, Johnson said. There was an event every night of the week until Saturday, where the celebration came to a close with a community service project at Unity Park in Fort Worth.

    Members played basketball, football and other games with local kids. NAACP executive board member Jaszmine Bolden said NAACP week was not only about informing people of the organization’s existence. It was also a way to spread the organization’s message across campus.

    Johnson said, “[We want to] gather more individuals to become members of NAACP and to get involved with the movement … I feel like when most people hear NAACP they think, real hardcore political marches and everything and so we try to show them the fun side of NAACP as well.”

    Johnson said the TCU community was welcome to join the NAACP in its weekly meetings on Mondays at the Brown-Lupton University Union Chambers at 7:30 p.m.